Monday, April 1, 2002 7:58 AM
STUDENTS BODY SAYS IT IS NOT BEING USED BY PUM
Straits Times, 15 Feb 2002
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The National Association of Malaysian
Students (PKPIM) denied that it was being used by the Malaysian
Scholars Association when they jointly submitted a memorandum
individuals said to have denigrated Islam.
When contacted today, PKPIM Information exco Azuan Effendy
the allegation by Information Ministry Parliamentary Datuk
Maidin in a news report.
Azuan said that the memorandum was intended to urge the Home
review the statements made by the individuals named. Azuan
said the issue of the memorandum should not be further
Zainuddin today urged the PKPIM to disassociate itself from
the PUM as
he claimed the PUM was using the student group.
Meanwhile, a PUM official who requested anonymity said the
did not force any of the other Muslim non-governmental organisations
involved in the memorandum to join them.
"But at the same time we do not prevent anyone from joining
highlighting statements which have disparaged Islam."
On whether PUM had plans to hold any dialogue with the individuals
named, he said it was not PUM's role to hold dialogues with
any of the
writers as they have clearly contravened Islamic law.
"The only dialogue we would be interested in, is a dialogue
Meanwhile, Teras Keupayaan Melayu (TERAS), in a statement
today, said it
does not agree with Zainuddin's assertion that the PUM had
used PKPIM and
Majlis Persidangan Mahasiswa Islam (MPMI) when they sent their
"The NGOs and student bodies which joined us in our memorandum
out of their sense of duty to defend Islam, the Prophet and
institution of the ulama from Muslims who would disparage
president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said.
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